Comparing Smart Display devices
The first Smart Displays hit the market around the beginning of the year. A number of vendors, including ViewSonic, NEC, Philips, and TriGem, either have or plan to have SD devices available. ViewSonic was one of the first products to actually appear on the market. Its first model, the Airpanel 100, had a 10-inch display and a 206-MHz Intel StrongARM processor. A new model, the V110, is also 10 inches but sports a 400-MHz XScale processor. The V150 is also now available with the same 400-MHz processor and a 15-inch screen. The 100 and the V110 both sell for around $1000 retail, while the V150 can be found for $1199 to $1399, depending on the reseller. While the larger display may make it easier to do some tasks, size and weight are also factors for a device that’s designed to be carried around. The V150 weighs a hefty six pounds; whereas the V110 comes in under three pounds.
Philips has taken a somewhat different approach with its DesXcape 150DM. It’s costlier ($1500) but includes a matching wireless keyboard with the 15-inch monitor, making it look more like a laptop computer (and making it easier to transport since you don’t have to grapple with a separate keyboard). The keyboard detaches so the SD device can be used alone. Otherwise, it’s comparable to the V150, with a 400-MHz processor, 64 MB of SDRAM, and 32 MB of flash ROM.
National Semiconductor announced January 30, 2003, that NEC will be using its Geode low-powered x86 processor for the NEC SD10 SD device. I’ve seen the SD10 on Japanese Web sites, but I haven’t seen any of them for sale in the United States yet. According to NEC, it will have a 10.4-inch screen and will weigh around 1.5 kilograms (a little over three pounds). Microsoft features the NEC on its Web site, with a 266-MHz NS SC3200 processor, 64 MB of memory, and a 10.4-inch screen. Microsoft’s Smart Display “Showcase” also lists the Trigem Play@PAD as a 400-MHz model.